Before I start this review I would like to give a shout out to the 713 Music Hall staff, from the box office personnel to the ushes, security and bar staff thank you for your hospitality. While a lot of venues treat photographers as a nuisance the 713 staff went above and beyond to make me feel welcome.
Blue October brought their Spinning the Truth Around tour to the 713 Music Hall for two sold out shows on April 7th and 8th. They started the night off with The Kitchen Drawer from their latest album Spinning the Truth Around followed by The Way I Used to Love You, This Is What I Live For and Oh My My all from their 2020 albumThis Is What I Live For. The band then went back a little further in their catalog for Hate Me, Into the Ocean, Home, Sway and Coal Makes Diamonds.
The newest member of Blue October, Sus Vasquez who replaced Will Knaak on lead guitar when he left to join Country star Parker McCollum’s band is fierce player who handled her duties like she had been playing with the band for years. Blue October closed the show with I Hope Your Happy, a true sentiment from Justin Furstenfeld.
Blue October never fails to take you through an emotional journey as Justin tells the story of his fight to become and stay sober through his music and his sometimes-disturbing lyrics of his early days to his much brighter and feel good songs of today. I have to say I enjoy the darker side of their earlier music, but I’m happy that Justin found his way and is now in a better place in his life.
Supporting Blue October on this tour is Austin based band Beatnik Bandits.